Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly diminishing, but initially generous white head takes position above a straight golden body. Extremely complex hops nose hints at most nuances you can think of, all ahead prefumey and piney, but underneath hinting at a broad range of citrus fruits, leafy and minty in nature. Might gain a bit from being less liquorous, but this nose is truly fantastic, magical hoppiness I’d dare say, with maltiness being certainly felt if not exactly managing to show any flavours all the way through the hops. Palate is oily, full, slick, tannic and liquorous, hence surprisingly sweet, but it works thanks to a controlled level of citric acidity.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur ambrée aux reflets tirant vers l’orangé. Superbes arômes de houblons verts, de résine de conifères, de pins et de persil sous une agréable présence de malt biscuité et de miel. Intenses flaveurs sont telles que promises par les arômes, pleinement houblonnées, résineuses et tanniques puis toujours soutenu par une honnête quantité de malt. Un gros mordant d’alcool arrive à la fin et nous réchauffe sur son passage. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, texture tannique et résineuse, carbonatation très active dotée de fines bulles piquantes.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler (thx goldtwins). Orangy amber pour. Huige grapefruit-rindy hop aroma with a good balanced sweet malt backing. More of the same flavorwise - well balanced, tho maybe a touch more malt would be nice. Nice sticky mouhtfeel, and a good appropriate bitter bite.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straight up sweet hoppy nose. Strong yellow body with a thin foamy head. Taste-not as hoppy as I was expecting. Basically a graoefruit/grass hop tea.
3fourths (7802) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 This is a beer for the easily-impressed.
First rating, 2005: Very rich and robust musty and leafy hop nose... spectacular aroma full of sweet oranges and spices, wafting back into a musty, earthy hop cone scent. I could swim in this aroma. Starchy and dry palate presents orange and pineapples, mildly sour - intensely dry but remaining smooth. Incredible.
Rerate 2009: Super rich and fruity sweet hop oil nose. Sugared, crystalline. Hugely thick, syrupy and sugary, decent attempt at balance with a some striking bitter hops, but the finish
is ridiculously and terribly oversweet.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is light golden yellow, slightly hazed, dense off white head...smell is very piney...little better balanced with some sweetness which seems to be more easily attributed to the alcohol, not malt...bitter...bitter...
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005. Big head, light cloudy yellow, slow bubbles. Rich, resiny hop aroma, leafy. Palate is bitter hops. Juicy. Long bitter and leafy finish. Solid medium body, not at all overdone.
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
While I am remiss in not sampling a large amount of beers I wished toget to at GABF I am not the least bit sad for standing at Russian River booth many times to have this and others over and over. Dlightfully hoppy and a joy to be abloe to sample the fresh hoppiness of what was being brewed the day I visited.
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005: Clean golden hue with good head and lace. The nose has a big massive hop attack, fresh and pungent with some additional grainy, grassy, and dusty esters. The taste is pure hop head delight. Is this dry-hopped because it sure seems that way? I found a good bready and biscuity balance. The feel is equally crisp and biting, fresh and lovely. Wow! For someone who isn’t always into big hoppy brews, something about this really worked for me. I like it better than either The Elder or the just tasted Oggis Hop Whompus.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Bright golden body with mild haze and a pure white, cottony head. Aroma of cut grapefruit, pine needles, and grass. Alcohol is totally masked in the nose. Very citrusy, tropical flavor with more grassy notes. Alcoholic feel, but goes down easy with nicely lacerative bitterness. Good but can be a little grassy and hot. I prefer the Elder for sheer hop goodness.